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USA Gymnastics Board to Resign Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

27 January 2018

Hollis says he did not know about Nassar's abuse until the first survivor came forward in September 2016.

Three top USA Gymnastics board members resigned Monday, but minutes after a judge announced Nassar's sentence Wednesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced more changes were needed, including a turnover of the organization's entire board and an independent investigation of the culpability of both officials at USA Gymnastics and the USOC for Nassar's crimes. "All these fearless women have power", the gymnast Aly Raisman told Nassar, "and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve: a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors".

"It was necessary, absolutely and it's sad that it took someone demanding that they resign for them to actually realize that it's necessary", said Jeanette Antolin, a former USA national team member and a Nassar survivor.

"We have one down", Lemke added of Nassar's sentence. "This army of women is not going to stop until what has to be done is done to make sure our sport and other kids are safe". USA Gymnastics CEO and president Steve Penny resigned last spring under pressure from former gymnasts, members of Congress and the USOC. Incredibly, Nassar had the gall to complain about having to listen to them. "We still have to hold these organizations accountable".

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But former gymnasts and their supporters were quick to characterize the USA Gymnastics statement as the latest attempt at spin control amid the worst sex abuse scandal in American sports history.

A former elite gymnast said Tuesday that a sports doctor who treated Olympic athletes overlooked what turned out to be a broken leg while he molested her in the basement of his home, one of the latest victims to testify at a MI sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar. "I've just signed your death warrant". "You're a serial child molester, a pedophile".

Nassar didn't leave his position with USA Gymnastics until several months later. "She was 15 years old". Sarah Jantzi, Nichols' club coach at Twin City Twisters in Minnesota, overheard the conversation at the Karolyi Ranch in rural Texas and reported it to Rhonda Faehn, USA Gymnastics senior vice president for the women's program. "I submit to you, these children are worth everything the court has to offer", as she urged the judge to give the maximum sentence possible. Nassar worked for the federation through four Olympic Games, but the allegations did not become public until 2016 in an investigative report by the Indianapolis Star.

But this case is also a wake-up call for USA Gymnastics and all other sports entities that there should be strict protocols for team doctors who oversee the health and well-being of girls and boys entrusted to their care.

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As rumors began swirling about Nassar's alleged conduct, Lemke says her mother called her one day to ask if the doctor had done anything inappropriate to her. Nassar's abuse did not become public until September 2016.

Nassar was sentenced to as much as 175 years in prison Wednesday.

At his sentencing hearing, Aquilina said to Nassar: "I find that you don't get it - that you're a danger. I don't think he understands what he really did wrong", Raisman said.

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USA Gymnastics Board to Resign Amid Sex Abuse Scandal